Balsamic roast chicken recipe

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serves: 4 - 6
Skill: easy
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 1 hr 40 min

A delicious and basic roast chicken recipe, perfect for Sundays, and any other day of the week


  • 1 medium whole chicken
  • 1tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 large clove of garlic, peeled
  • pinch of sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3tbsp balsamic vinegar


  • Finely chop the rosemary and pound with the garlic and salt.

  • Place the chicken in a roasting tin and rub the oil all over chicken. Then rub in the rosemary mixture and sprinkle with pepper. If time allows cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

  • Preheat the oven to 220°C / 425°F / gas 7.

  • Cook the chicken for 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to 190°C / 375°F / gas mark 5 and roast for 20 minutes per 500g (17.6oz) plus 10-20 minutes extra.

  • 30 minutes from end of cooking time, remove the chicken from the oven and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar. Return to the oven and allow the skin to crisp.

  • Serve garnished with rosemary sprigs alongside a selection of vegetables.

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